Phillies Spring Game 7


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The Phillies (3-3-1) travelled to Sarasota this afternoon and took a pitcher’s duel from the host Baltimore Orioles in a 1-0 final at Ed Smith Stadium, getting the club back to the .500 mark in Grapefruit League action.

The only run of the game for either squad was supplied via the longball. Andres Blanco, who got the start and went the distance at shortstop for the Phils, drove a 3-2 pitch from Orioles lefty reliever Brian Matusz over the wall to give them a lead that the pitching would uphold.

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Aaron Harang got the start for the Phillies, his first of the spring after having his previously scheduled outing last Wednesday pushed back in order for him to work on some things. Harang struggled and pitched around trouble today, allowing 3 hits and 2 walks over a pair of shutout innings.

He was followed to the mound by Phillippe Aumont (1IP/1H), Adam Morgan (2IP/2H), Justin De Fratus (1IP/0H), Paul Clemens (2IP/1H/1BB/1K), and Luis Garcia (1IP/1K) who all kept the shutout going to the end.

The pitchers didn’t shut down minor leaguers today. For the most part, Baltimore went with their starters, including Manny Machado, Chris Davis, Matt Wieters, Adam Jones, J.J. Hardy and more. The O’s had 7 hits and 2 walks, but left 10 men on base.

The Phillies offense didn’t exactly kick down the doors. They had just 6 hits of their own all afternoon. Odubel Herrera, who got another start leading off and playing centerfield, was one of only two Phillies to reach base twice. He had a hit and a walk.

Ryan Howard went 2-3 in what continues to be a nice spring training for the embattled first baseman. Cody Asche was hit by a pitch and forced to leave the game, but it is believed to be just a bruise.

The Phils will be back in Clearwater tomorrow afternoon for a 1:05pm game at Bright House Field against the visiting Detroit Tigers. The game will be broadcast live back to Philly on TCN, and will also be available at MLB Network.